Ah yes, that rare unicorn of the Soule Designs forest has finally returned after years of hibernation, the elusive woodworking blog post! This is a pretty small project, just enough to tackle in my down time over the Christmas holiday this past year. Let’s start with a picture of the unfinished piece, know around these parts as “Shaker hanging shelf”.
|It's a shelf that hangs from Shaker peg rail!|
The drive behind this project came after I remodeled our laundry room during the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020. We replaced some cabinets and made a bit more space along with adding a fresh coat of paint. I also installed the utilitub pictured above, but unfortunately we had no place to put paper towels. We use paper towels when cleaning dog feet after a walk, washing hands, etc. My stopgap solution was that plank of wood across the tub but I always knew there had to be a better way. Enter the Shaker hanging shelf!
Luckily, during the laundry room remodel I put Shaker peg rail all around the perimeter of the room for coats, hats, and anything/everything that can be hung. After a bit of research I found some interesting real world Shaker hanging candle sconces that piqued my interest:
|Image from Colonial Sense|
With the above website as a guide, I doodled my own plans for a two peg hanging shelf to rest above the utilitub.
|Just like drawing comics, most projects start with a rough idea...|
The next step was refining my plans and drawing them to scale, and what better way to overcomplicate that process than to head to Maya 3D and make a model! That's just how I operate - and here is that 3D model of the Shaker hanging shelf:
With a plan in hand, I was off to buy wood and start construction. I opted for 1/2" poplar hobby boards from Home Depot to somewhat match the originals from Colonial Sense - plus it was pretty much all I could easily find in a 1/2" hardwood. Obligatory constructions pictures incoming!
|All pieces ripped & cut to length, rough fit here.|
|To scale profile templates created from my 3D model.|
|Profile template transferred to a side piece.|
|Side piece profile cut with a jigsaw.|
|Laying out the peg holes on the hanging pieces.|
|All profiles cut, time to build!|
Moving onto joinery. Initially I had visions of dovetails or tongue and groove joints brining these pieces together, but in the end I didn't want to sink that time into the project so I opted for brad nails and glue.
|Bradded and glued together.|
To finish up I applied a black cherry oil based stain and then some high build water based polyurethane.
|The stain takes on an interesting purple hue over the green-ish poplar.|
And that wraps up this project - lots of work, photos and words for a small shelf to hold paper towels? Absolutely. What's that you say, "Hey dummy, why didn't you just get a cheap-ass $10 paper towel holder from Amazon?"
Once again, overcomplicating is kind of my thing. Plus this holds other stuff too, like battery chargers, running headlamps, etc. Excellent!
|Much better :-)|